Gatlinburg man sentenced to 32 years for child pornography

(WBIR-GATLINBURG) A Gatinburg man will spend more than 32 years behind bars for producing and distributing child pornography.

Johnny Ray Sammons, 33, pleaded guilty to the federal charges in March. Prosecutors said he used two young girls to produce the videos and pictures that were eventually sent over the internet to undercover investigators in Australia.

Investigators with the Knoxville Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (KPD-ICAC) and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) learned that the images were being sent using a public wireless router. They did undercover surveillance in that area, and spotted the two young victims at a fast food restaurant. That discovery led them to Sammons.

On Sept, 21, a federal judge sentenced Sammons to 393 months in prison for producing child pornography and distribution of child pornography. Once released, he will be on probation for 25 additional years, and be required to register as a sex offender.




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